Gandhian Engagement with Capital: Perspectives of J C Kumarappa comprehensively presents the Gandhian ideas on economic development and political economy. Within this larger context, it focuses on the towering contributions of J C Kumarappa, the pioneer of the Gandhian model of economic development, and describes, from his standpoint, how the moral and political dispositions of Gandhism amount to a critique of capitalism. The book also covers in detail the major facets of Kumarappa’s contribution to Gandhism: developing a non-mechanized, non-capitalist model of industrialization; presenting the holistic development approach; reflecting on the role of the state in facilitating a village-centric economy; and exploring the role of religion in developing the moral foundation of the Gandhian political economy. These reflect the historical context of Kumarappa’s scholarship and his deep understanding of the various dimensions of Gandhian thought. The book highlights the debates within Gandhism and imparts a nuanced understanding of other Gandhian thinkers. Further, it presents several discourses in modern Indian political thought by analysing the interplay of narratives.

Life and Times of J. C. Kumarappa

Life and times of J. C. kumarappa

Joseph Chelladurai1 (aka J. C. Kumarappa) was born at Thanjavur (in the then Madras Presidency) in a Protestant Christian Tamil family on 4 January 1892. The Kumarappa family originally belonged to Madurai. The family was living in Thanjavur (in present-day Tamil Nadu) when Kumarappa was born. Thanjavur or the anglicized Tanjore was the capital of the Cholas, Mutharayars, Nayaks and Marathas when they were at the peak of their power. Since then, Thanjavur was one of the chief political, cultural and religious centres of South India. Thanjavur, from the administrative point of view, was a municipality since 1866. It had a first grade college, a training school, a technical institute and ...

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